- Then Job answered and said,
- Oh that my vexation were but weighed, And all my calamity laid in the balances!
- For now it would be heavier than the sand of the seas: Therefore have my words been rash.
- For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, The poison whereof my spirit drinketh up: The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
- Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass?
Or loweth the ox over his fodder?
- Can that which hath no savor be eaten without salt?
Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
- My soul refuseth to touch [them];
They are as loathsome food to me.
- Oh that I might have my request;
And that God would grant [me] the thing that I long for!
- Even that it would please God to crush me;
That he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!
- And be it still my consolation, Yea, let me exult in pain that spareth not, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
- What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is mine end, that I should be patient?
- Is my strength the strength of stones?
Or is my flesh of brass?
- Is it not that I have no help in me, And that wisdom is driven quite from me?
- To him that is ready to faint kindness [should be showed] from his friend;
Even to him that forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.
- My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, As the channel of brooks that pass away;
- Which are black by reason of the ice, [And] wherein the snow hideth itself:
- What time they wax warm, they vanish;
When it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.
- The caravans [that travel] by the way of them turn aside;
They go up into the waste, and perish.
- The caravans of Tema looked, The companies of Sheba waited for them.
- They were put to shame because they had hoped;
They came thither, and were confounded.
- For now ye are nothing;
Ye see a terror, and are afraid.
- Did I say, Give unto me?
Or, Offer a present for me of your substance?
- Or, Deliver me from the adversary’s hand?
Or, Redeem me from the hand of the oppressors?
- Teach me, and I will hold my peace;
And cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
- How forcible are words of uprightness!
But your reproof, what doth it reprove?
- Do ye think to reprove words, Seeing that the speeches of one that is desperate are as wind?
- Yea, ye would cast [lots] upon the fatherless, And make merchandise of your friend.
- Now therefore be pleased to look upon me;
For surely I shall not lie to your face.
- Return, I pray you, let there be no injustice;
Yea, return again, my cause is righteous.
- Is there injustice on my tongue?
Cannot my taste discern mischievous things?